San Diego Wedding Venue
2825 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, California 92103
When people step into the Abbey, they’re often so awestruck they just stand there with their mouths open. They can’t believe what a stunning building it is, and that they can actually have their wedding or special event here.
This striking embodiment of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture boasts two enormous domed stained-glass skylights that bathe the interior in a pale yellow glow, while 12 luminous stained-glass windows cast their own heavenly light. Standing in the middle of this former church, you feel as if you’re in a Renaissance cathedral: Dark, polished redwood molding and woodwork is everywhere—framing doors, railings, walls and in curved balconies. Exquisite fixtures made of hand-blown orange-yellow glass are suspended from 50-foot ceilings. No longer a church, the Abbey is a nondenominational venue open to couples of all faiths.
This century-old landmark has undergone several incarnations, and in 1984 an award-winning renovation transformed it into a popular restaurant christened “The Abbey.” The statue of Gabriel that crowns the roof was coated in gleaming gold leaf, but with the exception of a little wood refinishing and the replacement of some light fixtures and stained glass, nothing was done to alter the facility’s vintage beauty.
Today, The Abbey is a private special event facility managed by Hornblower Cruises and Events, two-time recipients of the prestigious “Finest Service Award.” They invite you to stage your party, wedding or corporate function in this unique setting, where both traditional and themed events feel equally at home.
Wedding ceremonies take place where the pulpit used to be, and no matter where guests are seated—on the ground floor or up on the mezzanine—they can easily see the goings-on. Add a few candelabras and you have the perfect place for a classic black-tie affair or a Renaissance-themed party (one wedding couple and their entourage actually wore tights!). People have also hosted gothic and Halloween bashes.
When it’s time for the reception, guests are treated to an elegant meal featuring gourmet cuisine prepared on site and overseen by Christopher Schlerf, the executive chef here for more than 20 years. Wedding and reception packages are available, but if you prefer, Hornblower’s professional planners can custom-design your celebration.
With their expert staff and full services, Hornblower will ensure that your event makes the most of this historic and romantic location.
CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, the site holds 300 seated guests or 475 standing for a cocktail reception.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces accommodate 300 seated guests.
A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your date. The on-site executive chef provides meals starting at $61/person. 4 hours of room rental fees are waived with a food minimum: $5,500 minimum for daytime events before 4pm; $7,000 for evening events after 6pm. Additional hours can be arranged at $750/hour.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: portable provided
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: on street
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: provided
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Other: piano (CBA), complimentary event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided, or BYO with corkage fee
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK indoors
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: not required
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily, anytime.
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